Knight Writer

Lynn’s Big Year

by Laura | April 12, 2012

If you haven’t heard that Lynn will be hosting the third and final presidential debate on Oct. 22, I think you’ve probably been hiding under a rock. Campus has been stirring with excitement – and with questions about how the campus will change, how students can get tickets and how everyone can get involved.

Although there are still a lot of unknowns related to the event, Lynn’s President Kevin M. Ross, Vice President for Enrollment Management Gareth Fowles, Chief of Staff Jason Walton and Senior Vice President for Administration Greg Malfitano, helped answer some of the questions in front of a captive audience of Lynn students, staff and faulty in the Wold Performing Arts Center – the site of the 2012 debate.

(Left-right): Kevin M. Ross, Gareth Fowles, Jason Walton and Greg Malfitano

As Dr. Walton pointed out, hosting a debate on campus is a big deal. It will bring a tremendous amount of attention to Lynn and launch us into the international spotlight.

It is a lot of fun, there is a lot of excitement, but in order to pull off such an event, it takes a lot of hard work. Lynn is lucky to have an incredible group of staffers, aka “rock stars,” that are working together to make the debate a reality. Those stars include one of our fellow Knight Writers, Joshua Glanzer. Yes, he loves me for blogging and making sure this image lives on forever :-)

This group of rock stars actually features (left-right): Phil Riordan, Gregg Cox, Joshua Glanzer, Matt Chaloux and Bill Testa.

In case you missed the presentation, here are some tactical highlights: 


All full-time students, both graduate and undergraduate, will be able to enter a lottery system. Although we don’t know exactly how many tickets Lynn will be given (that’s ultimately determined by the CPD), President Ross vowed to give up his ticket to one lucky student. And as unveiled yesterday, all full-time students will be able to put their name into a lottery between Oct. 1-10. Later in the month, there will be a drawing to see who gets tickets. Students must be present at the drawing to claim their tickets. Tickets are non-transferable (meaning: you can’t give your ticket to your best friend or sell it on eBay. The Secret Service would definitely have something to say about that.)


Students, staff and faculty will still be permitted to park on campus. In fact, with the construction of the new back entrance (which is part of Lynn’s master plan), we will be clearing a new, temporary lot since the current North Lot will be closed beginning sometime in September.


There will be a tremendous amount of volunteer opportunities for students, staff and faculty and for the external community. Although the external options are still being developed, Student Life is in need of student volunteers for four committees: Educational Programs, Crowd Generation, Volunteers and Entertainment ASAP. Students: login to your Knight Surfer account by visiting and type “Debate” in the Keyword(s) field on the Job Search page.

In addition to debate details, the presentation, dubbed Lynn’s Big Year, focused on: Lynn’s new brand identity campaign, “All Styles Welcome,” and plans for our 50th anniversary.

Still have questions about the debate?

  • myLynn: This is the best place for current students, staff and faculty to find out what they need to know, when they need to know it. Don’t forget, you’ll need to “Sign In” to see the details. Plus, there’s a feedback form on the bottom of the tab where you can ask any question you have about the debate, and we promise to do our best to answer it quickly.
  • Debate website: This is the best place for the external community to get information about public events, volunteer opportunities and the latest debate news.
  • Social media: We encourage all audiences to “Like” Lynn University on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for social media updates. Also, check us out on Flickr to download and share Lynn’s debate marketing materials: including our official debate logo and debate Facebook cover images!
Are you getting excited about the debate coming to campus? I know we are! Let us know why you’re excited and how you think this event will help your future.

1 Comment

Molly 4/13/12 6:12 am

Is that Gregg Cox? It looks like Gary Martin . . .